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Things About the Australian Culture That Would Surprise Most People

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Most people don’t realise the size of Australia when they see it on the far lower side of the map. The actual size of the island continent is about the size of America and covers the size of entire South East Asia. It is however, the 6th largest country in the world. Apart from its size the lifestyle and culture of the people of the land Down Under is quite amazing. Wildlife Conservation – Their Flora and Fauna is unique and not found anywhere else in the world. Despite being the land to host the most poisonous reptiles and insects, the Australians respect the wildlife and flora. They are very […]

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Uniquely Australia – The Australian Football League

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While the rest of the world enjoys a game of football, Australia has its own version of football. AFL as commonly known, or the Australian Football League is a very distinct sport that is unique to Australia. The game was invented in Melbourne and has rules that are a mixture of different kinds of football. The number of people who view the sport and support it in Australia is huge. This makes it the official sport in Australia which prompted it to have a name change from Victorian Football League to Australian Football League too. The Origins of The Popular Game Cricket was the initial official sport of Australia. It […]

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Three Mystical Things About Uluru – A Sacred Aboriginal Site

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Ayers rock, or more simply put The Red Rock, is exactly what it looks like; a big rock. The size of Ayers Rock spans the size of a large island and is a single stone. People from all around the world visit the base of the rock and scale its height. The entire experience is supposed to be exhilarating and magical. However, visitors often don’t know enough about the Uluru based site except the fact that it is red. A Sacred Site Ayers Rock is a sacred site of the Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal tribe. The site has been considered sacred because it has graced its location for thousands of years and […]

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C’est La Vie at Sydney’s Mardi Gras

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The parties and the festivities that surround the Mardi Gras in Sydney is awesome. The parties are much bigger than the actual Mardi Gras parade that is held on March 3rd. The day was created and authorised by the Australian government after a series of protests in 1978. It is now part of the cultural heritage of the country. The History of In Sydney After a lot of struggle the Gay and Lesbian protestors were able to fight their way to keeping the Mardi Gras and making it official as well. In the year 1978, a group of supports were hosting celebrations for the Mardi Gras and were arrested by […]

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Discover Phillip Island

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Wondering what else you should see in Australia besides Cockatoo Island? We think Phillip Island should make your list too. From cute animals to superheroes, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy. Historical Background of Phillip Island Phillip Island is on the southern side of Australia. It was named after the first governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip. It has 60 miles of coastline and over half of the island is farmland for sheep and cattle. But it wasn’t always this way. Before European mariners, indigenous Australians called the Bunurong people lived there. Although several ships visited the island earlier, it wasn’t until 1826 that the British established a […]

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Australia’s Original People: The Great Aboriginal Tribes

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Before the British came to Australia, native tribes, called the Aboriginal Bush people, inhabited it. Where did they come from and what happened to them? Keep reading to learn about the original Australians. Aboriginal History The Aboriginals were one of two indigenous peoples living in Australia before 1788, the other being the Torres Strait Islanders. At one time, over one million aboriginals resided in Australia. They were a well-established group with high living standards. They originally came from Asia, through the Southeast part, at least 50,000 years ago. New DNA research proves that all Aboriginals descend from one migration and the same lineage. The first people that came to Australia […]

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Escape from Cockatoo Island

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Thought to be inescapable, shark-infested waters surrounded Cockatoo Island. But that didn’t stop famous Australian bushranger Frederick Wordsworth Ward, also known as Captain Thunderbolt, and his accomplice. They were the only two men in history to ever escape from the island. Born on May 16, 1833, to Michael and Sophia Ward, he was the youngest of 10 children. By age 11 he was already employed as a hand at Aberbaldie Station. He was skilled with horses and continued working with them for the next decade. However, he soon followed in his father’s footsteps. Michael Ward spent time locked up as a convict too. The Escape Originally charged with stealing and […]

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Cockatoo Island’s Dark History: From Convicts to Orphans Part 2

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In part two of our article about the dark history of Cockatoo Island, you’ll learn how it shifted from a place of confinement for men to that of children. The careless regard for the lives of the convicts led to investigations of caretakers, overseers and medical professionals that lived and worked on the island. The consequences brought about a complete change. Brutality and Mistreatment of Convicts The island eventually gained a reputation as a brutal and hopeless place to be. The convicts lived in extremely harsh and overcrowded conditions. Sickness was a regular occurrence for the men, while snakes and rats were commonplace among them. They slept in barely ventilated […]

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Cockatoo Island’s Dark History: From Convicts to Orphans Part 1

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Today, Cockatoo Island is a tourist attraction in Australia. But it wasn’t always that way. In the 1800’s people came to the island against their will. The island’s early history is as fascinating as the men, women and children who were captive there. What started as the largest desolate island in the Sydney harbor, Cockatoo Island became the dwelling place of outlaws and criminals in February of 1839. The first 60 men who came weren’t welcome in Norfolk Island or Van Diemen’s Land. Too many convicts were already being held in those locations and Britain needed a new site to house prisoners. Chosen for its proximity to Sydney and the […]

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